BOONE — Kade Hensley narrowly made a game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired to help Coastal Carolina beat Appalachian State 27-24 in a Tuesday night Sun Belt Conference matchup.
Coastal Carolina (3-3, 1-2) won at Appalachian State for the first time in program history — following six straight losses.
Grayson McCall threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns to lead Coastal Carolina. It was his 27th career game with multiple touchdown passes, giving coach Tim Beck — who was NC State’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons — his first Sun Belt win. Sam Pinckney and Jameson Tucker each had 100-plus yards receiving. Braydon Bennett added 64 yards on the ground with a TD.
CJ Beasley ran up the middle for 21 yards before intentionally going to the ground at the 1-yard line with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter. After a timeout, McCall took a loss of 4 to wind down the clock and then Beasley ran it to get the clock to 3 seconds.
Hensley easily made the initial kick, but it was waived off after Appalachian called its last timeout. His next attempt snuck inside the right post for the win.
Joey Aguilar threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns for Appalachian State (3-3, 0-2), which was coming off a 41-40 win at ULM on Sept. 30